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Most Americans Back Iran Nuclear Deal, Poll Says

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Most Americans Back Iran Nuclear Deal, Poll Says

Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) stands next to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) during a round of nuclear negotiations on March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland (AFP/Evan Vucci)

By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans favor a nuclear deal with Iran while also supporting the use of U.S. troops to prevent the Tehran government from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to a new poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

The survey, released Monday, found that 59 percent of Americans support the framework of an agreement with Iran while 36 percent oppose it. Simultaneously, 67 percent of Americans back deploying U.S. military forces to keep Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.

The poll of 2,034 adults nationwide was conducted between May 25 and June 17. Its results come on the eve of a deadline for Iran, the United States and five other world powers to reach an accord in Vienna.

The framework of the deal, announced in April, has stirred vigorous debate in Congress with the majority of Republicans and a handful of Democrats opposing it. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-TN) said he spoke with Secretary of State John Kerry and urged him not to rush into a bad deal for the sake of legacy-building.

“I urged him to please take their time, try to get _ make sure these last remaining red lines that haven’t been crossed _ they have crossed so many _ do not get crossed, and, qualitatively, they don’t make it worse than where it already is,” Corker said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

(c)2015 McClatchy Washington Bureau. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

File photo: Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L) stands next to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) during a round of nuclear negotiations on March 2, 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland (AFP/Evan Vucci)



  1. Bob Eddy July 6, 2015

    59-36%. Sounds like another issue the GOP can disagree with the American people on! Gay marriage, Obamacare, Social Security, raising the minimum wage, immigration reform, taxing the rich…is there ANYTHING they agree with the majority of Americans on?

  2. Dominick Vila July 7, 2015

    The only people/institutions opposed to agreements conducive to peaceful coexistence are the arms industry, the military, special interests, Israel, and those consumed by fear and prejudice bordering on paranoia.
    The arms industry and the military complex depend on warfare to exist. Anything leading to peaceful coexistence is a threat to their existence.
    Israel, the largest recipient of U.S. foreign and military aid, is afraid that a rapprochement with Iran could lead to a stabilized Persian Gulf and Middle East, and the end or curtailment of the aid they get from the USA.
    Last, but not least, a relatively small, but vociferous segment of our population is so terrified of change, and so consumed by fear, that anything that may result in changing the status quo is unacceptable to them, even when the changes that are being proposed lessen whatever preconceived biases or concerns they may have.

  3. johninPCFL July 7, 2015

    The Iranians are terrified of releasing the locations of their nuclear research facilities because what most Americans would back is the use of “bunker busters” and BLU82/B weapons to destroy any installations found in violation of the international treaties to which Iran is already a signatory. Any new regulations contained in the new agreements could expand the target list, and under the “Bush Policy” we don’t need international approval to take action.

  4. Lynda Groom May 20, 2016

    It seems that the American people are better informed about the Iran deal than their elected members of Congress. I can’t say how surprised to find the public so far ahead on this issue.


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